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  • It may move science away from its traditional abstractness to the uniqueness found in natural history.
  • That of the physical existence and that of the abstractness of the digital world.
  • He felt that Hegel's philosophy was limited because of its abstractness.
  • Of such abstractness and one-sidedness I accuse most of the critics of my own account. Cited from The Meaning of Truth, by William James
  • His novels and short stories are characterized by their dreamy abstractness and romantic appeal.
  • The Ring of the Nihelung is a huge system of thought without the usual abstractness of the latter. Cited from Thoughts out of Season Part One, F. Nietzsche
  • I said above that the main quarrel between us and our critics was that of concreteness VERSUS abstractness. Cited from The Meaning of Truth, by William James
  • On the other hand, prose has a great defect, which is abstractness. Cited from The Life of Reason, by George Santayana
  • Due to the abstractness of surface finish parameters, engineers usually use a tool that has a variety of surface roughnesses created using different manufacturing methods.
  • The very fact that no particular god could in many cases be specified entailed, as a consequence, that the views held of the gods gained in abstractness. Cited from The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, by Morris Jastrow
  • Thought, with its remoteness and abstractness, has often enough in the history of philosophy been contrasted unfavorably with sensation. Cited from Varieties of Religious Experience, by Wm. James
  • The material world, as conceived in the first instance, had not that clear abstractness, nor the spiritual world that wealth and interest, which they have acquired for modern minds. Cited from The Life of Reason, by George Santayana
  • Various attempts were made to substantiate the "abstract idea" test, which suffers from abstractness itself, but eventually none of them was successful.
  • And such abstractness means remoteness, and throws us back, once more, upon teaching and learning as mere means of getting ready for an end disconnected from the means. Cited from Democracy and Education, by John Dewey
  • According to Mekkes, the basic shortcoming of most Western philosophical traditions is their abstractness.
  • But from the human point of view, no one can pretend that it doesn't suffer from the faults of remoteness and abstractness. Cited from Pragmatism, by William James
  • Beauty, like all other qualities presented to human experience, is relative; and the definition of it becomes unmeaning and useless in proportion to its abstractness. Cited from The Renaissance, by Walter Pater
  • The abstractness of the representations we have of people or groups can change our judgment of people who do not fit in the same categories as ourselves and are therefore more socially distant.
  • This was suggested to be due to the abstractness and delay of the reward, rather than an increased emotional response to the unfairness of the offer.
  • His adaptation is credited with greater elaboration of the context, grounding the abstractness of the original with specific examples.
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Meaning of abstractness

  • noun The quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object